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"Holes" ABC Project

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Transcript of "Holes" ABC Project

Holes
by Natasha T
Arrested
This word is relevant to the story as an exposition because the story starts out with Stanley riding on the bus to Camp Green Lake with a guard. No one would ride a bus with a guard unless they were paranoid of being murdered around the corner or they had been arrested. Unfortunately, Stanley is not paranoid and therefore the exposition is of Stanley being arrested.
Big Thumb
This word is relevant to the story as foreshadowing because when Stanley remembers his great-grandfather telling that he found refuge on "God's thumb" when Kissin' Kate Barlow stranded him in the middle of future Camp Green Lake, Stanley remembers about Zero running away and decides to come and rescue Zero. And he does so later in the book. Therefore, this leads Stanley to running away too, which is called foreshadowing.
Louis Sachar
Catty
This word is relevant to the story as characterization of the Warden because she stabs people with a pitchfork, scratches them with her fingers, doesn't like people contradicting her, makes sarcastic remarks, and controls the campers as if they were marionettes! That shows the Warden is mean, powerful (in a negative way), sarcastic, merciless,
despicable
, and malicious. The word that describes this is "catty".
This is characterization because when you describe someone's character, it is called characterization.
Doormat
This word is relevant to the story as characterization of Stanley in the beginning because he let Zigzag beat him up, X-Ray take away his vacation, Derrick Dunne pick on Stanley, and give in to peer pressure of being mean to Zero. Pretty much, Stanley let everyone wipe their shoes on him, just like a doormat.
This is characterization because when you describe someone's character, it is called characterization.
Elya Yelnats
This word is relevant to the story as a flashback because Elya lived in Latvia at the time of the American pioneers. Pioneers are the first people to settle a country, and American pioneers settled America in the late 1800s, and we live in the 2000s, so if Elya lived at the pioneers' time, he is from the past. Recaps of the past are called flashbacks, so Elya Yelnats is in a flashback.
Followers
This word is relevant to the story as characterization of the camp counselors because they do whatever the Warden tells them to do, they believe everything the Warden says and does is okay, on the
compound

and off. When people do this, they are following the other person's actions and beliefs, which makes them followers of that person.
This is characterization because when you describe someone's character, it is called characterization.
Giant Magnet
This word is relevant to the story as a simile because a magnet pulls things toward it, so a big one must pull 10 times more than a regular one. Big Thumb "pulled" Stanley upward as he was
evicting
the curse, so Big Thumb was very like a giant magnet.
A simile uses "like"or "as", so "like a giant magnet" would be a simile because it uses "like" or "as".
Haughty
This word is relevant to the story as characterization of Mr. Pendanski (Mom) because he makes sarcastic comments on Zero's part, such as "Bravo! Bravo! The boy's a genius!" and he says that Zero almost choked Zigzag, while Zero was just defending Stanley! This shows that Mr. Pendanski is a very haughty and prejudicial person!
This is characterization because when you describe someone's character, it is called characterization.
Illusion
This word is relevant to the story as a setting because, if you think about it, everything is ironic or illusion because X-Ray has very bad vision even though he is called an x-ray, which penetrates to your bones; Zero is a very smart person although he is called a zero, which equals nothing; Camp Green Lake is a dry, arid desert and has no greenness to it whatsoever, but is called a green lake. So it is only true that this word is the setting because every thing is illusion at Camp Green Lake.
Jerk
This word relates to the story as characterization of Stanley in the middle of the story because he starts being mean to Zero in imitation of X-Ray and his followers, which is being a jerk- a stupid person who takes on a group of mean people and- and doesn't even realize it!
This is characterization because when you describe someone's character, it is called characterization.
I
I wanna be a mean person, too!!!
Killer
This word relates to the story as characterization of Trout Walker because he is not only the killer of Sam, but also the killer of Katherine Barlow's happiness because she loved Sam, and he was killed, so she has no happiness. Trout Walker is the cause of it all.
This is characterization because when you describe someone's character, it is called characterization.
Lipstick Container
This word relates to the story as a flashback because when Stanley first came to Camp Green Lake, Mr. Pendanski told him that "if he found anything, he was to report it to him" and see if the Warden found it interesting and get the day off. Well, Stanley has found something and X-Ray wants it. If Stanley doesn't tell the Warden about the container and X-Ray does, then X-Ray will get the day off instead of Stanley. This relates back to what Mr. Pendanski said. Therefore, it is a flashback.
Millionaire
This word is related to the story as the resolution because at the end of the book Stanley is sitting in a giant living room with a TV that costs a million dollars when just a few days ago he was very poor. If a change this big and fortunate occurs, then this must be the resolution because Stanley's place in society has escalated.
Nightmare
This word belongs in the story as tone/mood because if you're supposed to dig holes in the hot sun or you can easily get punished by the Warden for every single little thing at Camp Green Lake, then it is a nightmare living at Camp Green Lake.
This is tone/mood because a tone/mood conveys the appearance of something through words.
Onions
This word belongs in the story as foreshadowing because if "there is one onion, there's bound to be more"-Holes. This phrase means that if Stanley found one onion, then there can be more onions because the mud surrounds ALL of Big Thumb, so the onions must grow on either side of the mountain.
This type of logic is called foreshadowing because that phrase tells what WILL happen, which is called foreshadowing.
Back Cover Story
I think the element that moves the plot along the most is external conflict because when it is created, all of the characters rush to resolve or lengthen the conflict. Thus, action is produced.
I think external conflict moves the plot along the best also because it may spur internal conflict, and the main character tries to resolve it by thinking about what they had done and what they could do to make it right.
External conflict can spur internal conflict by making the main character think involuntarily, "Ouch! That would hurt!" (when they see another person being bullied), and that would set off a string of decisions to resolve the conflict, which would snowball into the resolution.
Peer Pressure
This word belongs in the story as the tone/mood of Group D because if everyone is telling Stanley that Zero is stupid (in a nice, enticing way of peers), they are pressing Stanley to make fun of Zero, which is called peer pressure.
This is tone/mood because a tone/mood conveys the appearance of something through words.
Quasar
This word relates to the story as a simile of the Warden because she sucks up everyone at Camp Green Lake and controls them to suit her needs. Isn't that LIKE a quasar that sucks up things and carries them off to somewhere unknown?
A simile uses "like"or "as", so "like a quasar" would be a simile because it uses "like" or "as".
Zero
This word relates to the story as irony because even though Zero is a
fugitive
and a
ward of the state
, he is great at math, a "fast learner" -Holes, and a loyal friend.
This is irony because irony says stuff that you don't expect. You don't expect Zero to be smart or to be a loyal friend, so this would be very ironic.
Revenge
This word belongs in the story as external conflict because if the boys in Group D exert PHYSICAL revenge on each other all the time, then they are exerting man-to-man conflict, which is a form of EXTERNAL CONFLICT.
Stanley
This word belongs in the story as internal conflict because if Stanley starts being nice to Zero and teaching him to read, then there is some internal reflection, which is pretty much internal conflict.
Tantalizing
This word belongs in the story as theme because if the Warden baits people to do bad stuff for her, then she is tantalizing them to do stuff for her.
If the theme of Holes is that you shouldn't give in to the Warden, then you can substitute "the Warden" with "tantalizing things". That is how "tantalizing" can be a theme.
Uncomfortable
This word relates to the story as tone/mood because at camp Green Lake, as soon as Stanley gets there, Mr. sir starts lecturing him on how to behave at camp, and Stanley gets very uncomfortable. If you get a feeling from a certain place, then it is because of the tone/mood of another thing at that place that caused you to feel your mood.
Villagers
This word belongs in the story as external conflict because they kill Sam, they trash the schoolhouse, and they physically take away Kate against her will, so this must be man-to-society conflict, which is a form of external conflict.
Warden
The Warden belongs in the story as the climax because she creates most of the action in the book and conflicts at Camp Green Lake.
The climax is the highest point in an action-packed conflict. Therefore, the Warden would be the source of the climax.
X-Ray
X-Ray belongs in the story as an oxymoron because an x-ray penetrates through your bones and tissues, but X-Ray, in contrast, has very bad vision. That's why he wears glasses.
But an oxymoron is when a thing/person's name contradicts its nature or characteristic.
Yellow-Spotted Lizards
This word belongs in the story as part of the setting because the lizards live in the holes the campers dug at Camp Green Lake. Camp Green Lake is the setting for most of the Holes, and if the "red-eyed monsters"-Holes, live at the camp, then they are part of the setting.
Vocabulary in blue
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